Shane came to Los Angeles in the hopes of getting a job as a studio carpenter with the hopes that job would segue into an acting career. Unfortunately, he had some bad luck and ended up homeless, which was what put him in the right place at the right time the night that Darla Forrester died. He witnessed the accident that killed her, and a few weeks later he showed up working for the landscaping company that took care of Taylor Forrester's yard. He initially planned to blackmail the Forrester family with knowledge of Taylor's role in Darla's death, but after Phoebe's attempts to cheer him up resulted in a serious injury to his hand that put him out of work for months, the family paid off all his bills and allowed him to move in with them. Shane changed his mind about blackmailing the family and confessed his knowledge to Phoebe, as well as clearing up misconceptions about the restraining order against him in Atlanta, and the night that he stole a sandwich from a local market.